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Emily S. McGrath - San Francisco, CA

354 Pine StreetFourth Floor San Francisco, CA 94104

Updated: 07/19/2023

San Francisco Employment Discrimination Law Lawyer


Emily McGrath exclusively represents employees in trials and appeals, arbitrations, and negotiations against their employers. Since joining Barbara and Therese Lawless in 2013, Emily has fought on behalf of hundreds of clients. She is committed to providing compassionate counsel to those navigating a complicated legal system during a difficult period in their lives.

Emily has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (an honor awarded to no more than 2...

About Emily S. McGrath

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • French

Practice Areas

  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Employment law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination Law
  • Family and Medical Leave Claims
  • Defamation


Bar Admissions

  • California, 2013

Other Affiliations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Lawyer’s Club of San Francisco Inn of Court
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter, SFLPA – Disability and Workers Compensation: How Do They Impact Each Other?, July 2023
  • Presenter, California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, June 2023
  • Presenter, BASF – Employment Arbitrations: The Nuts and Bolts, March 2023
  • Presenter, BASF – The Future of Work is Hybrid: Special Considerations for the Remote Workplace, October 2022
  • Moderator, BASF – Executive Compensation, October 2021
  • Presenter, Becoming a Partner, Bar Association of San Francisco, July 2021
  • Moderator, Examined and Explained, Bar Association of San Francisco, April 2021
  • Moderator, Client Intake in Uncertain Times, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, April 2021
  • Presenter, The DIY Focus Group CLE, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2020 - Present
  • Moderator, Mediation Tips CLE with Justice Ruvolo, Mary Leichliter, and Rachel Ehrlich, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Instructor, The Deposition Subpoena Process & The Paralegal, California Alliance of Paralegal Associations, June 2019
  • Presenter, How the #MeToo Movement Has Shaped the Law: SB 1300 and Beyond , San Francisco Legal Professionals Association, May 2019
  • Instructor, Discovery , San Francisco State University, Legal Professional Training Course, February 2018
  • Presenter, Fair Pay – Is It Really Here?, San Francisco Legal Professionals Association, October 2016

Past Positions

  • San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Misdemeanor Attorney, - 2013
  • Center for Genetics and Society, Staff Associate, 2011 - 2012
  • Chambers of Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero, Extern, - 2011
  • Alameda County Superior Court, Pro Se Department, - 2010


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 2012
    Honors: Appellate Advocacy Best Oralist, Nominee
    Honors: Moot Court Best Brief, Honorable Mention
    Honors: Pro Bono Society, Member
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2008
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Honors: Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow
    Honors: Recipient of the Stone/Davis Prize for History Thesis Research


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Trying Cases in a Pandemic: The Pros and Cons, The Trial Lawyer, 2022
  • Voir Dire from the Masters, The Trial Lawyer, Spring 2021
  • Social Media Discovery: “Privacy” is a Pink Elephant, The Trial Lawyer, Winter 2020
  • Requests for Admission: The Important but Forgotten Stepchild of Discovery, The Trial Lawyer, 2017
  • What to do When the Big One Hits: E-Discovery and Document Dumps, Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin, 2017

Office Information


354 Pine StreetFourth Floor San Francisco, CA 94104


  • 415-391-4228



  • Outstanding Barrister of the Year Award, The Bar Association of San Francisco's Annual Membership Meeting
  • Recognized for being “An Instrumental Member of the Barristers Solo and Small Firm Executive Committee”

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